The Republican Party in Montana wants to make gayness illegal?
The party adopted an official platform in June that keeps a long-held position in support of making homosexual acts illegal, a policy adopted after the Montana Supreme Court struck down such bigoted laws in 1997.
Montana GOP executive director Bowen Greenwood said, "Nobody has ever taken the initiative to change it and so it's remained in the party platform. The matter has never even come up for discussion. There had been at the time, and still is, a substantial portion of Republican legislators that believe it is more important for the Legislature to make the law instead of the Supreme Court.
Critics say the policy is toothless but makes gays feel excluded. Montana's 1997 case and the U.S. Supreme Court's Lawrence decision means there's no real chance for the state GOP to act on its bigotry.
Montana Human Rights Network organizer Kim Abbott said the GOP platform statement does not represent the attitudes of most Montanans, and it shows that the party is out of touch with the prevalent view of the people they are supposed to represent. "It speaks volumes to the lesbian and gay community how they are perceived by the Republican Party. It would be nice if Republicans that understand that gay people are human beings would stand up and say they don't agree with that. But I don't know how likely that is."